Summer is here! The temperatures are steadily increasing in the Charleston area and we want to make sure you and your furry friends have the paw-fect summer. Pay attention to these tips and tricks to beat the heat with your pet!

NEVER leave your pet in a parked car

Not even for a few minutes. The inside of a car heats up within just a few minutes and can lead to heat stroke or suffocation. If you are out and about with your pet make sure to take them with you and do not leave them in a vehicle.

Avoid asphalt

Surfaces like asphalt and metal heat up quickly in the hot summer sun. Try to avoid hot pavement as much as possible because it can cause burns on paws and lead to overheating.

Cool your pet inside and out

Invest in a small Kiddy Pool for your pet to play in this summer. It is a great way for your furry friend to beat the heat. Also providing homemade popsicles (such as peanut butter popsicles) is a great way to cool down your pup.

Not all dogs can swim

Swimming is a great way for dogs to cool off in the summer heat. However, not all dogs can swim. Never leave your pup unsupervised by a swimming pool and provide a pet life preserver if you bring your furry friend along for a boat ride.

Keep your pet hydrated

Water, water, and more water. Whether you and your pet are out for the day or just hanging out at home, keep your furry friend hydrated with lots of water. Change the water often to avoid the growth of bacteria. If the water sits out in the sun too long, bacteria can grow in the hot water and make your pal sick.

Give your pet a trim

Giving your pet a summer haircut can help prevent overheating. However, do not shave to the skin. Pets still get sunburnt just like us and their coat helps avoid such burns. For extra sun protection apply pet-specified sunscreen to your furry friends.

Watch out for signs of heatstroke

Dogs can develop signs of heatstroke relatively quickly. Common signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, fever, dizziness, deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. If these signs arise, take them directly to a veterinarian.

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